Capito, who took over as Williams boss earlier this year following changes made by new owners Dorilton Capital, tested positive for COVID-19 before travelling to Jeddah and will miss the penultimate round of the season as a result. 

A Williams team statement confirmed Capito is following UK national health authority guidelines, adding “there has been no wider impact on Williams Racing personnel and the team will continue to operate trackside as planned.”

It marks the second time this season that Capito has missed a race weekend for COVID-19-related reasons. 

Capito was also absent from the F1 paddock at the Dutch Grand Prix after coming into contact with Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen - who tested positive for COVID-19 during the Zandvoort weekend. 

Despite being retested and returning a negative result, Capito sat out the remainder of the Dutch GP weekend as a precaution. 

Williams heads into the final two races of the 2021 season sitting eighth in the constructors’ championship, 12 points clear of nearest rival Alfa Romeo. 

Williams’ cars will carry a tribute to Sir Frank Williams at the inaugural Saudi Arabian GP following the legendary team founder’s death last weekend.